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City and partners working toward energy incentive

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The city, schools, libraries and the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered to promote and coordinate the Upper Arlington AEP Ohio Energy Savers Program, which allows individual households to save money and energy through AEP Ohio's energy efficiency programs while collectively working together toward a community incentive.

To earn our incentive, Upper Arlington's goal is to have 900 households participate in one or more of the energy efficiency programs between June 1 and Aug. 31. If we reach this goal, the community will qualify for a $90,000 grant from AEP Ohio, which will be used to install energy-efficient LED lighting in the soon to-be upgraded Northam Park parking lot.

This upgrade will benefit Tremont Elementary School, park, pool, Tremont Library and Northam Park tennis users alike while saving the city money in energy usage. If we reach the goal, we also will qualify for an energy audit from AEP Ohio, which will involve a communitywide assessment of ways that we can reduce future costs and become more environmentally friendly.

To get started, visit uaoh.net and look for the Upper Arlington AEP Ohio Energy Savers Program link under the "Headlines" section of the homepage.

The link will take you to a page that lists qualifying energy efficiency programs as well as rebates offered and other benefits. The more programs each household participates in, the closer our community will get to our goal.

To apply for a program, and schedule any needed appointments, visit EnergySavers2014.com or call 844-220-4128.

Note that AEP Ohio energy efficiency programs are available throughout the year; however, for a household's participation to count toward the Upper Arlington AEP Ohio Energy Savers Campaign, it must participate between June 1 and Aug. 31.

For more details, visit uaoh.net or EnergySavers2014.com.

Upper Arlington AEP Ohio Energy Savers information can also be found at city and school buildings, all three UA Library branches, at the chamber offices and various community events throughout the summer.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.

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